Floodplain Management Committee

Mission

The Floodplain Management Committee tracks and influences federal legislation and regulations that affect NAFSMA member's floodplain management programs. This includes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain mapping issues, Letters of Map Changes (LOMCs), flood insurance mitigation, emergency preparedness, Community Rating System (CRS), levee policies, "all hazards" insurance, and "takings" legislation. The Committee acts as NAFSMA's liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and coordinates with other national organizations on issues of mutual interest.

NAFSMA position paper on floodplain management issues

Co-Chairs

Floodplain Management Committee

Joshua Stuckey

Chief Administration Officer Public Infrastructure Coordination
Harris County Public Infrastructure Department
Houston, Texas

 

Shea Thomas

Watershed Services Manager
Urban Drainage & Flood Control District
Denver, Colorado

After 15 years with private consulting firms, Shea Thomas joined the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in 2008 as the Project Manager for all watershed master planning studies within the District. She is currently the manager of Watershed Services, overseeing all watershed master planning studies, floodplain management activities, and private land development interaction within the District as well as coordinating data development and analysis. Shea has served in multiple roles including Chair for the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers. She is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

 

Issues

National Flood Insurance Program

The NFIP is an important part of NAFSMA member's floodplain management efforts. NAFSMA welcomes the passage of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (NFIP Reauthorization Act) which continues the authorization for another five years. NAFSMA is committed to assisting FEMA in implementing various provisions of the NFIP Reauthorization Act.

Mapping Issues

Under FEMA's mapping umbrella, NAFSMA focuses on the following critical issues:

  • Ongoing flood map modernization studies
  • The Risk MAP (Mapping, Analysis and Planning) Initiative
  • Deployment of the new Levee Analysis and Mapping Procedures (LAMP)
  • Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Initiative
  • Utilization of Digital Documents
  • Expansion of the National Flood Hazard Layer
  • Re-establishment of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

Floodplain Management Projects

Mitigation Programs

  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Activities
  • Post-Disaster Mitigation Activities

Community Rating System

Flood Risk Management/Cooperating Technical Partner Mentoring Activities

  • NAFSMA Excellence in Communications Awards Program - click here
    As part of its mentoring program, NAFSMA conducts an awards program to highlight the best in outreach initiatives across the nation that address flood risk management and water quality issues.

  • Information the next mentoring event...soon to come

Information on Implementation of Biggert-Waters 2012